SPATAFORA, Colleen Marie (Keating), 57, of Weeki Wachee, FL (formerly of St Pete Beach), was called home to the Lord on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 after suffering a sudden brain aneurysm. She was born in the Coco Solo Naval Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone, to the late Geraldine (Fowler) and Richard P. Keating of St Pete Beach, FL. She was married to the love of her life, Richard Roy Spatafora, they had no children.
She is survived by her husband, her father, five sisters; Linda Renaud, Patricia Valentine, Kathleen McGuirk and Maureen Shown, all of St Petersburg and Rita Keating of Durham, NC, and their spouses, as well as 11 nieces/nephews and 1 grandnephew. She was predeceased by her mother Geraldine.
Being an Army 'Brat', she spent the first 12 years of her life at various Army Posts in the United States and Germany. The family settled in St Pete Beach where she graduated from the St. John Vianney Catholic School in 1968 and Notre Dame Catholic High School in 1972. She graduated from Tommilson Tech as a Dental Assistant in 1974 and worked for years at the Pinellas County Dental Clinic and various Dental Offices in St Petersburg. In later years she was employed by the Hospitality Industry and as a Cake Decorator by Publix Markets and Winn Dixie.
A Memorial Mass of the Resurrection will be offered at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 445-82nd Avenue, St Pete Beach. Visitation will be held at the church, before Mass, from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM. A reception for all will be held in the Msgr. Patrick Trainor hall, next to the church, immediately after Mass. Burial will be at a later date. The family requests, pursuant to the solemnity of the Advent season, that flowers not be sent. Donations to your favorite charity in remembrance of Colleen or Mass Cards will be genuinely appreciated.